What is your favourite Presentation software?

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amuza
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Hello,

I know LibreOffice Impress, but I also know some people prepare their presentations without WYSIWYG software. I guess it must be quicker.

What is your recommendation?

Thanks!

chaosmonk

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I use LaTeX's beamer class.

Magic Banana

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Idem. If you want some examples, you can download the "source" ("fonte" in Portuguese) along the slides (in English) I made for one of my courses here: http://dcc.ufmg.br/~lcerf/en/mda.html#slides

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LibreOffice Impress or Calligra Stage. You can use Emacs or LaTeX, too. Sometimes I write markdown script and then convert them to HTML using pandoc.

Mastering slide presentation (or office suite) is not an easy job. I recommend the book entitled "Designing with LibreOffice".

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My recommendation is: use the software which you are familiar with, which you know well.
There are some things we should consider, though.
Firstly, what kind of presentations are we talking about? In my case it was about putting in some text and photos, without any fancy formatting, colorful templates, animations, etc - just a project for school rather than some important marketing demonstration. In this case I used LibreOffice Impress because I know it and for me it Just Works™.
But wait, here's another thing! Are you sure you can bring your own laptop to present it? I didn't have that opportunity, I had to rely on a computer which was in the classroom. That's why I made sure the presentation in ODT format will open there no matter what. So, just in case, I saved 2 more copies as DOC and DOCX format (didn't test how well they look like in any Microsoft PowerPoint version, though) and also exported as PDF as a total last-resort fallback mode.

I heard about preparing presentations with LaTeX but never got to make one or even to watch a tutorial how to do this. And that's despite the fact that I do make some personal notes and "diaries" as LaTeX documents!
Maybe some good soul out there can give me some tips on how to start if that's a really valuable experience.

Magic Banana

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The Beamer documentclass only adds a few commands/environments to LateX (that is all available, you can \usepackage and so on): the frame environment (to define the individual slides), the frametitle command, the block/alertblock/exampleblock commands (to define blocks), the only/uncover/pause commands for "animations" (to show/hide part of the slide not taking any space when hidden in the case of only), the alert command (to emphasize, typically with a different text color, at the specified animation steps or always), the [<+->] argument to the itemize/enumerate/description environments to show the items one by one, the columns environment that contains column (no "s") environments to divide the slide in columns of the width specified in argument. There are a few more (for instance the definition environment creates a block whose title is "Definition") and I would be happy to learn here what people commonly use that I have not listed above.

That is all that comes to my mind. If you know the basics of LaTeX, learning those additional commands/environments is a piece of cake. Notice that you do not even need them all. In particular, all "animations" can be achieved with \only and \uncover: \pause, \alert and [<+->] just makes your life easier in the most common situations. That is why I think it is enough to look at examples to learn Beamer. See, e.g., https://dcc.ufmg.br/~lcerf/slides/mda12.tar.bz2 and https://dcc.ufmg.br/~lcerf/slides/mda12.pdf (the end result) for simple slides made using all the commands/environments I listed above.

That said, you certainly want a theme, for the slides to be graphically pleasing. There are many themes available. I chose the last version of the progressbar theme I found on http://recherche.noiraudes.net/fr/LaTeX.php and customized the colors (but you do not have to do that), modifying the .sty files you can find in the "source" I gave above.

Notice also that there is beamerposter package to make posters. Again, it is a piece of cake to learn it once you know Beamer LaTeX: a poster is essentially one big slide. I made a couple of themes: https://dcc.ufmg.br/~lcerf/en/utilities.html#beamerposterdcc

See https://dcc.ufmg.br/~lcerf/publications/posters/Complete%20Discovery%20of%20High-Quality%20Patterns%20in%20Large%20Numerical%20Tensors.pdf for a real-world example (I can send the source if you are interested in it).

Now, you may need to draw diagrams/plots to \includegraphics in your slides (unless you want to learn PGF/TikZ or PSTricks, but those are not user-friendly). You can respectively use Inkscape and gnuplot or any other program you like.

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Awesome! Thank you for everything. I took a quick look at the text file which contains the code related to slides (mda12.tex) and it seems simple enough for me.
I planned on learning TikZ in case of the need to have everything in text form but maybe I'll find another way of having the graphics as text without studying how to code them - maybe a vector graphics converter or something like that.

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the ones i used and most comm ones are consider good for a beginner are , incscape ,LibreOffice, Impress or Calligra Stage. only I used when Im editing photos etc.but using The Beame that it is out my league..

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I use libre dos. For everything. I can cook you a semi-liquid paella using only a liner in libredos.
When I have to present something I present libredos.
Everyone is happy with libredos.
Your kid would approve. It has the best graphics on the market!

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supertrams
are you talking? sbout free dos ? because I use the same software on my computer running windows7

How do you cook a paella electronically?

amuza
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Thank you all, very nice info.

I like the idea of this LaTeX's beamer class. However, as I don't think I am going to write technical or scientific data, I think I am going to try with something else I have found, which seems easier -and maybe I use for producing other type of documents too: asciidoc.

What do you think of it?

Magic Banana

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Beamer shines when it comes to writing math... but you do not have to write math!

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Some people use Emacs Org Mode to write presentations using a markup language similar to Markdown.

A tool that I find interesting is the one from Suckless:
https://tools.suckless.org/sent/

That said, I stick to Impress. I like my documents to be compatible with everyone else's. (PowerPoint can open OpenDocument files.)